5 Homework Tips for Au Pairs

Au Pair Homework Duties – Kids are more successful in school when an active interest in their homework is taken — it shows kids that what they do is important and quite often, the responsibility of overseeing homework becomes one of the duties of an Au Pair.

We’ve therefore put together a couple of tips that may help you in your duties, and when put into practice, the rewards can be overwhelming.

Of course, helping with homework shouldn’t mean spending hours hunched over a desk. Au Pairs can be supportive by demonstrating study and organization skills, explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging kids to take a break. And who knows? Parents might even learn a thing or two!

Here are 5 tips to guide the way – Au Pair Homework Duties:

  1. Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.
  2. Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.
  3. Help them make a plan. On heavy homework nights or when there’s an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary — and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible.
  4. Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful.)
  5. Make sure kids do their own work. They won’t learn if they don’t think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. But it’s a kid’s job to do the learning.

Ultimately, praise their work and efforts. Post an aced test or art project on the refrigerator. Mention academic achievements to relatives and most importantly bring these to the attention of the parents.

If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. Talk about it with your child’s parents and suggest bringing reoccurring problems up with the child’s teacher.

Some kids have trouble seeing the board and may need glasses; others might need an evaluation for a learning problem or attention disorder but mentioning this to a parent may have to be done tactful manor.

Enjoy the Experience! Make it rewarding!

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